Austin Monthly "Bands to Watch" Featuring Kendall Beard!

Austin is blessed with so much music, it can be hard to cut through the noise. As we’ve done since 2007, we present our annual list of Bands to Watch, focusing this year on nine up-and-coming acts that reflect the city’s increasingly diverse music scene.

It’s been 10 years since Kendall Beard went to Hollywood as a hopeful contestant on American Idol. Now married with a 2-year-old son, she says she occasionally comes across YouTube clips of her time on the reality show. “She was definitely young,” Beard says about her bubbly 23-year-old self. As a teen, she got her start singing songs by artists like Shania Twain on the Texas rodeo circuit. Although country remains her true calling, her range has broadened. Read more on